The Foundations of Volunteering Best Practice

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This is a must-see resource for any organisation that has volunteers.  Particularly see the toolkit for designing volunteer roles and position descriptions.

The presentation, logic and practical utility of these guides and checklists are first class.  The definition of volunteering adopted by Volunteering Australia in 2015 is: 'Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.'  

This defines the parameters of the other 'best practice' resources in this grouping of resources.  They cover:  Volunteer Rights; The Principles of Volunteering; a Model Code of Practice, the new National Standards and a Toolkit for designing volunteer roles and position descriptions.

Volunteer rights listed include not to fill a position previously held by a paid worker.  The principles are a brilliant insight into avoiding  traps for young players: e.g. advice that 'under the tax law, flat allowances (for example $50.00 per day) may constitute income  which should be declared for taxation purposes, leaving the volunteer with a tax liability. 'Also, depending on the amount of the payment, these allowances could be seen as 'under-Award' payments. This could leave the organisation open to industrial confrontation and workers' compensation claims' and that, 'Honorariums can also  create a tax liability or the need for the volunteer to be given a group certificate, unless they are for an amount deemed to cover reasonable expenditure.'  

This is an integrated set (and see our separate abstract/assessment of the National Standards) which should be taken as such - but don't fail to check out the guide on position descriptions - it is a standout with principles, checklists and really practical assistance

Resource Information

  • Author: Volunteering Australia
  • Date: 2015
  • Target Audience: Any or all
  • Access to Item is free?: Yes
  • Type of Resource: Integrated resource